If you are about to enroll in an addiction rehab program, you may have special circumstances that need to be considered before you choose a rehab. Of course, you want a program that is right for you, which you will feel comfortable with, a program that will take into account your history, and will address any co-occurring disorders you may have. All of these factors should play a role in your selection process, helping you narrow down the field and eliminate any programs that are not a good fit.
Find a Program You Are Comfortable With
The first step should be to look at your life and your drug or alcohol use history. Some rehab programs cater to certain groups of people, in the hopes of making these individuals more comfortable than they would be in other programs, and offer them the right kind of therapy. For example, adolescents do not always feel like they can open up in a room full of adults, and certain techniques can more easily reach this younger demographic of clients. Adolescent rehab is more likely to focus on community-based or social recovery plans, and will address needs regarding school and keeping up with their classes, as well as the ever changing adolescent minds and bodies.
Other groups often find camaraderie in specialized treatment programs as well, such as rehab for doctors and other health professionals, police and first responders, or members of the military. Individuals in these walks of life often have issues directly related to their work that need to be identified and worked through (PTSD, easy access to opiate drugs, etc.) before they are able to return to work. Sometimes it takes a specialized program designed just for a specific group of people to get them the help they really need.
Consider Your Health and Your History
Other special circumstances involve the person’s health and their history, such as a chronic pain issue. Many people who are addicted to prescription opiates and are in need of rehab actually do have underlying chronic pain that needs to be resolved. Otherwise, as soon as the person detoxes from opiates, they will continue to feel the pain that led to the addiction in the first place, and they will find themselves in limbo between wanting to be clean and sober, and needing the medications for pain relief. Again, with the help of a facility equipped to handle such situations, a person can find alternatives to prescription opiates, such as acupuncture, meditation, or other, non-addictive medication. But it will take a facility that has dealt with cases like this before to provide these options and help the individual rehabilitate their mind, body, and spirit to enjoy a substance-free life.
Do You Have Co-Occurring Disorders?
Finally, one of the most common and most serious circumstances to consider during rehab is the presence of a co-occurring disorder. Mental health issues and addiction often go hand-in-hand, and when a dual diagnosis is present, getting help for one or the other alone is not enough. Drug and alcohol use aggravate and worsen mental health issues like depression, schizophrenia, and sleep disorders. Likewise, someone with mental illness such as PTSD, personality disorders, and depression are much more likely to use substances to relieve their mind and feel better for the moment. Either way, the combination of mental health disorders and substance use disorders are a tricky one to treat and must be done by experienced professionals.
If you have co-occurring disorders, be sure to find a program that is experienced in this type of treatment, and can offer concurrent treatment for both disorders. You also want to find a program that employs or partners with psychologists and other mental health professionals who can prescribe medication and use various proven therapies for mental health issues.
Not every addiction rehab program is the same. If you have special circumstances related to your history, your profession, or underlying conditions, a basic rehab program might not be enough for you. It is important for you to find a program that specializes in the treatment you need, so you can soon be on your way to a successful recovery.
To find a rehab that is right for you, contact Sober Helpline at (888) 907-8039 today.